Tosho Hayate defends his twelfth champion title at All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament

Tosho Hayate defends his twelfth champion title at All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament

On August 14 at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City, Tosho Hayate (right) won against Ryujin Agrego and defended his championship title for the twelfth time.


August 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 14, the Seventh All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament was held at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. The event decided the middleweight (less than 970 kilograms) and lightweight (less than 850 kilograms) champions of Okinawa’s fighting bulls.

Toshi Hayate defended his twelfth champion title successfully in the middleweight division making him the longest-reigning champion in the post-war period. He beat the 1984 record of 11 titles. The audience was uplifted by his performance. About 2,500 people cheered as the bulls demonstrated their skills, fighting ferociously in clouds of dust.

The champion in the middleweight division “Tosho Hayate” on August 14 at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City.

The champion in the middleweight division “Tosho Hayate” on August 14 at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City.

Meanwhile, another champion Seifuoudo, known for being good in long battles, fought challenger Oshirodaiku. Both did not give in an inch and had a long battle that marked the longest battle in the tournament at 35 minutes and 7 seconds. Oshirodaiku won the championship.

A great achievement in Okinawa Bullfighting

According to Tosho Hayate’s owner Ryosei Kochi, Tosho Hayate beat the previous record of champion title defense, which was eleven titles held by the strongest bull in the post-war Okinawa history Iwate Togai. The achievement by Tosho Hayate established a new record.

The champion in the lightweight division “Oshirodaiku.”

The champion in the lightweight division “Oshirodaiku.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana) 

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